towpath

[toh-path, -pahth]
noun, plural tow·paths [toh-path z, -pahth z, -paths, -pahths] /ˈtoʊˌpæðz, -ˌpɑðz, -ˌpæθs, -ˌpɑθs/.
  1. a path along the bank of a canal or river, for use in towing boats.

Origin of towpath

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; tow1 + path
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Examples from the Web for towpath

Historical Examples of towpath

  • He swam part of the time and ran and barked on the towpath the other part.

    W. A. G.'s Tale

    Margaret Turnbull

  • Aunty May made me promise not to go too near the river, or too far down the towpath.

    W. A. G.'s Tale

    Margaret Turnbull

  • After George went away, it seemed very quiet on the towpath.

    W. A. G.'s Tale

    Margaret Turnbull

  • The men ordered Marden to "take that outfit off the towpath."

  • As he reached the towpath Marchmont appeared before the willows.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston


British Dictionary definitions for towpath

towpath

noun
  1. a path beside a canal or river, used by people or animals towing boatsAlso called: towing path
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